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Canada - DAC Peer Review of Development Co-operation, 2012

 

A new review of Canada’s aid programme commends the country’s strong stand on human rights, its co-operation with developing countries and its effective efforts in Afghanistan and Haiti. The OECD’s Review of the Development Co-operation Policies and Programmes of Canada also notes that the amount of its aid is falling and, despite some improvement, its system is still cumbersome.

From 2001 to 2010, Canada doubled its aid. But from 2010 to 2011, aid fell by just over 5% to USD 5.3 billion, or 0.31% of Gross National Income (GNI) and the recent federal budget cuts off another 7%, or USD 389 million by 2014-15. The Review recommends that Canada increase its aid as soon as possible and work to meet the international target of 0.7% of GNI.


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Implementation of
peer review recommendations from 2007

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Since its last peer review in 2007, Canada has strengthened the legal and strategic framework for its development co-operation. Its 2008 ODA Accountability Act has improved the accountability of development co-operation and established poverty reduction and the promotion of human rights as the key aid criteria. 

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Good practice in cross-government disaster response co-ordination

Canada’s excellent whole-of-government system for disaster response ensures a co-ordinated, principled and appropriate cross-government response to major humanitarian emergencies (Box 6.1). The model works by building agreement on the proposed cross-government response through a rapidly established technical level task force, whose work is guided by a set of formal standard operating procedures. Consensus at the task force level smoothes the way for cabinet level discussions and encourages rapid and coherent recommendations to the Prime Minister. Canada is encouraged to extend this model to overseeing protracted crisis responses and to share it with other donors. 

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